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Algonquin art fair to raise funds for District 300

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Algonquin Commons along Randall Road will be home to the third annual art fair this weekend.

The fair, hosted by the District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence, will feature several different mediums of art for sale by local and area artists, as well as a raffle featuring works by one of the artists.

All proceeds from the fair will benefit students in District 300 schools through grants distributed by the District 300 Foundation.

As part of the fair, there also will be student artwork on display. It will be a special District 300 student art exhibit featuring work by high schoolers at local schools, organizer and District 300 Foundation member Diane Magerko said.

There also will be special events for children attending the art fair, including a free children's art project, where they can create their own masterpiece, and face painting.

As part of the art fair, organizers are also asking anyone to donate new or gently-used instruments, which will go to stock the District 300 lending library for middle school students interested in music education, Magerko said.

The instruments can be dropped off at the foundation's tent at the art fair or at Algonquin Commons' guest services center. Anyone who donates an instrument will receive two free raffle tickets.

The art fair will be located between the Thirsty Whale and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at the outdoor mall.

Art in Geneva: Just to the south in Geneva, artist Ezra Siegel of Batavia will display his artwork at Gibby's Wine Den in October.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, you'll get a chance to meet Siegel and view his exhibit, which will be up through the month in the business at 1772 S. Randall Road, Suite 220.

On Oct. 7, Siegel will talk about his work, his artistic processes and the inspiration behind his work.

The event also will feature music from Reiki Troubadour and wine by the glass.

Fun for moms: If you can't get away to Gibby's at night because of the kids, you might want to stop there later this week during the day.

Gibby's also is hosting a Mimosas for Mom event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

The wine shop is inviting moms to come now that all of the kids are in school.

Gibby's staff wants moms to take some time for themselves to relax and have fun. At the event, moms can have a little food and can enjoy a mimosa, a glass of wine or even some coffee.

Also attending will be Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas, which will be offering free chair massages. In addition, there will be a raffle, gift bag and a sneak peek at holiday ideas.

Reservations are not necessary, so just show up.

• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at or (847) 894-5036.